Associate School Library Media Specialist and School Library Media Specialist with Master’s Degree
1. How do I get started? You simply fill out an admission application. Once you are accepted, you can take up to 12 credits before formally matriculating into the program.
2. How do I matriculate? Matriculation is official acceptance into the M.A. program. To matriculate, you must complete the Request for Matriculation Form and provide two recommendations, using this Recommendation Form.
3. Which entrance exam should I take? If you have a first Master’s Degree or higher, you do not need to take the GRE. If you have taken the GRE within the last five years and have an acceptable score, you do not need to retake the test; just submit the scores. In addition, students without a previous Master's degree may apply for a waiver of the GRE if they meet all other admission requirements (GPA 2.75 or better).
4. How many programs are there within the Educational Technology Department? There are four programs in the Educational Technology Department:
5. What do I need to do to matriculate into the program?
All graduate forms can be found at the NJCU Graduate Studies Forms Library.
6. What does the program advisor look for when a student seeks to matriculate into the program?
7. How do I register for courses? All registration now occurs on-line, whether the course is on-campus, off-campus, or on-line. Once you have secured your password from the Graduate Office, go to http://gothicnet.njcu.edu.
8. Are there any courses that require permission numbers? Yes. There are five courses that require permission numbers:
For Educational Technology candidates:
EDTC 622, Research Applications in Educational Technology I EDTC 628, Research Applications in Educational Technology II
For School Library candidates:
EDTC 655, Internship: School Media Centers EDTC 661, Administration and Supervision of Library Media Centers EDTC 662, Advanced Field Experience
9. Are there any courses that are offered ONLY in certain semesters? Yes, refer to the course rotation schedule.
1. How many credits are there in the M.A. Program in Educational Technology? There are 36 credits in the program—12 three-credit courses. There are five “levels” of courses—Level I through Level V.
2. Can the Masters in Educational Technology be completed completely on-line? Yes. You can complete the entire program on-line.
3. How many credits can I transfer into the program? You can transfer a maximum of up to nine graduate credits into the Educational Technology program. However, the course(s) must match up with a course offered in the Educational Technology program. Naturally, credits that have been used to complete another graduate degree cannot be applied. Once you are in the program, you may not take the courses at another university.
You need to provide a transcript and a course description or syllabus for any course that they wish to transfer into the Educational Technology program.
According to University policy, you first must be matriculated in the program. Then you can only transfer in courses that (a) have a grade of B or higher (Pass/Fail courses are not transferable); (b) were taken within the last seven years; (c) from an accredited college or university.
4. How long does it take to complete the program? Each person’s life is different. Some people only want to take one course at a time; others want to complete the program as quickly as possible.
If you were to take two courses each semester (2 Fall, 2 Spring, 2 Summer) and began in the Fall, you could be finished with the 12 courses in two years. That is the schedule that most of our candidates set for themselves.
5. Can I start taking classes without being matriculated? Yes, you can take up to 12 credits without being matriculated. By then you must be matriculated into the program. We strongly urge you to begin the matriculation process as soon as you take you first course because it takes time to get all the material together.
6. Can I substitute courses from other departments at NJCU? No. Only courses beginning with the prefix EDTC can be used in the Educational Technology program.
7. Is a thesis required for the Ed Tech program? Yes. You may pick any type of research that you wish to pursue—such as action research, content analysis, and/or survey research.
8. What are the requirements needed to be admitted into EDTC 622, Research Applications in Educational Technology? You must (a) be matriculated; (b) have completed a minimum of 24 credits; (c) including Learning Theories (EDTC 618) and (d) Administration and Supervision of Technology in Education (EDTC 631). You want to write your thesis toward the end of your studies so that you have a broad background from which to design your thesis.
9. What is the difference between EDTC 622, Research Applications I, and EDTC 628, Research Applications II? In Research I you write the proposal for the Master’s thesis. You conduct your study and write up the findings in Research II.
10. Are there documents to help me when writing a thesis? Yes, the Educational Technology program has designed a Style Guide. In addition, a textbook on educational research techniques will help you learn about different types of research. Your WebCT site will provide you with a wealth of resources. Finally, the Educational Technology Department has a wealth of theses that you can borrow to assist you in your research.
11. What happens if I request a grade of “Incomplete”? You grade for your course is determined by the work received by the last day of class. An “Incomplete” is only given in cases of extreme emergency, such as a serious illness. If you receive an “Incomplete”, you have until the end of the sixth week of the next semester to submit all of the missing work. For the Fall Semester, that would be the sixth week of the Spring Semester. For both the Spring and Summer Semesters, that would be the sixth week of the Fall Semester. After that, the grade converts to an “F”.
1. What is the difference between the Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification and the School library Media Specialist Certification? The Associate School Library Media Specialist Certificate is “required for any person assigned to perform educational media services in the public schools under the supervision of a qualified supervisor. School library media are defined as all print and non-print resources and the equipment needed for their use.” [NOTE: The term “Associate” has no relationship whatsoever to an Associates Degree issued by a community college.] The School Library Media Specialist Certification is “required for any person who is assigned to develop and coordinate educational media services in the public schools. Educational media are defined as all print and non-print resources and the equipment needed for their use.” At NJCU, receiving the full School Library Media Specialist Certification is a matter of taking only four additional courses after the eight courses have been taken for the Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification.
2. I have heard the term “Educational Media Specialist”. That was its previous name. The name was changed to School Library Media Specialist in the Spring of 2005.
3. How many credits are there in the programs? There are 24 credits in the Associate School Library Media Specialist program. There are 36 credits in the School Library Media Specialist program, which include the 24 credits taken for the Associate School Library Media Specialist certification.
4. How long does it take to complete the School Library Media Specialist program? Each person is different. Some people only want to take one course at a time; others want to complete the program as quickly as possible. When targeting your completion date, remember that the Internship and the Advanced Field Experience can only be done in the Fall or in the Spring, when you would have the opportunity to interface with children in a school setting.
5. How many credits can I transfer into the program? It is possible for a person holding a New Jersey Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification from another college or university or who started at another college or university to transfer in up to 12 credits, after meeting with the program advisor. Before you ask for courses to transfer, compare them to the brochure and meet with your advisor.
You cannot transfer in Educational Media courses taken on the undergraduate level. Once you are enrolled in the program, you may not take the courses at another university.
You need to provide a transcript and a course description or syllabus for any course to be transferred into the School Library Media Specialist program.
6. Can I take all of the courses on-line? Yes, all of the courses can be taken on-line. Naturally, the Internship (EDTC 655) and the Advanced Field Experience (EDTC 662) courses must be done in a school’s Educational Media Center.
7. Are there any guidelines for EDTC 661 Administration and Supervision of Library Media Centers, and EDTC 662, Advanced Field Experience? EDTC 661 and EDTC 662 should be taken concurrently. You can take EDTC 661 first, then EDTC 662. However, EDTC 662 may NOT be taken before EDTC 661.
8. If I have a Master’s Degree from NJCU in Educational Technology, what additional courses do I need to take for my Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification? You only need to three theory courses, then you can complete the Internship in your own school: • EDTC 651, Organization of Library Media Materials • LTED 618, Pedagogy and Application of Children’s Literature in the K-12 Classroom • EDTC 653, Selection and Acquisition of Print/Non-Print Media • EDTC 655, Internship: School Media Centers
The courses that transfer from the M.A. in Educational Technology to the Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification are: • EDTC 621, Using the Internet in Education • EDTC 625, Using Integrated Software across the Curriculum • EDTC 627, Seminar: Integrating the National Educational Technology Standards into the New Jersey Core Curriculum Contents Standards • EDTC 642, Introduction to Authoring Tools The courses that transfer from the M.A. in Educational Technology to the School Library Media Specialist Certification are: • EDTC 621, Using the Internet in Education • EDTC 625, Using Integrated Software across the Curriculum • EDTC 627, Seminar: Integrating the National Educational Technology Standards into the New Jersey Core Curriculum Contents Standards • EDTC 618, Learning Theories, Motivation, and Relationship to Technology • EDTC 631, Administration and Supervision of Technology in Education
9. Is a thesis required for the School Library program? No. Candidates in the School Library program do not write a thesis. The capstone requirements are a 150-hour, one-semester Internship for the Associate SLMS Certification and a 75-hour, one-semester Advanced Field experience for the SLMS Certification.
10. Will I receive a second Master’s Degree upon completion of the School Library Media courses? The courses from the Master’s in Educational Technology will “count” toward your School Library Media Specialist certifications. However, those same courses cannot be “counted again” toward a second Master’s Degree.
11. I am already working in a school library. Can I be exempt from the Internship course and/or the Advanced Field Experience course? No. It is not possible to give graduate credit or to assign a grade for work done before a course began. Through mutual agreement among the candidate, the school library administrator, and the professor, a program of work is designed that integrates the duties and responsibilities of a school library media specialist with the material that was taught in the courses. A graduate level field experience project is required.
If you are transferring into the NJCU program with an Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification and you have a “B” or better in the Internship course that you took on the graduate level at another college, you do not have to take EDTC 655, Internship, again.
12. If I am not a certified teacher, can I still become a school librarian? Yes. If you do not hold a NJ teaching certificate, you can still become a school librarian by taking these three alternate route courses for school librarians: